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deep waters of the
the winter, Gier’s cold-water weapon is a weighted minnow bait.
The owner of Gier’s Bass Pro Shops in Eldon used to rely on
a deep-diving Smithwick Rattlin’ Rogue to take winter bass but
his favorite lures now are the LuckyCraft suspending
stickbaits (Bevy Shad 75, Pointer 78, Pointer 100 and Staysee).
His favorite colors are ghost minnow or
tournament veteran finds bass in the pockets if the lake level is
low or the fish will stack up along secondary points if water is
running through the dam. Twitching the stickbaits over brush piles
in the 8- to 20-foot range allows Gier to catch suspended bass.
the fish are hugging bottom or have moved into shallow brush, Gier
switches to a small brown Super Bass jig and tips it with a Zoom
Critter Craw. For the most aggressive fish he tips the jig with a
twin-tail plastic grub.
two patterns usually produce for Gier until the middle of April when
the water temperature climbs into the 50- to 60-degree range and the
bass move into the pre-spawn stage. During this time, bass move off
the chunk rock banks to the pea gravel and into brush piles less
than 8 feet deep.
early April, Gier catches some fish throwing a crawfish-color Storm
Lures Wiggle Wart along the flat gravel banks in the coves. His
favorite lure for big bass in April though is a 3/8- or 5/16-ounce
brown Super Bass jig and plastic twin-tail trailer tied on 8-pound
test line. He works the lure slowly along the bottom or through
brush 5 to 8 feet deep in pockets of the coves or on the main lake.
His favorite jig colors are green pumpkin or a brown-and-copper
combination. If the water is off-colored, he opts for a
the water temperature climbs above 55 degrees Gier starts
Carolina-rigging with a plastic lizard for the most aggressive fish
and switches to a Centipede on a split-shot rig for lethargic bass.
Best colors for these lures include green pumpkin, watermelon and
fish begin their spawning ritual when the water temperature reaches
the 60-degree mark usually in late April and the spawn last
sometimes until the second week of May. Gier usually catches these
fish behind docks in the pockets of coves where he pitches jigs and
plastic craws or tube baits, finesse worms and a variety of other
get under those cables around the docks,” says Gier. “That’s
their number one spawning place—just where they can really deal
you some havoc when you lay into one of those big babies.”
the end of May,
fishing produces the biggest bass at
Eldon, MO, angler starts his evening on the water at 7 p.m. and
concentrates on brush piles 15 to 25 feet deep next to the main
river channel. “It
helps if there is a dock around or a lot of docks where the fish can
get in there and congregate,” he suggests. It’s also easier to
find the brush piles in the dark if the cover is near docks with
top three lures for night fishing include a plastic worm, jigs and
pork frogs and spinnerbaits. He uses an 8-inch or longer plastic
worm in red shad, electric blue, black and black neon hues and
tournament competitor works all three lures on 15- to 25-pound test
line with bait-cast tackle. He
retrieves all three lures in the same fashion by crawling the baits
through the limbs of the brush piles or along the drop-offs.
is a good time to start throwing that spinnerbait,” Stark says.
“The fish see those plastic worms and jigs all the time.”
can be tough in the early fall when the fish are in transition
moving from deep structure to the shallows. As the water temperature
cools, bass move extremely shallow and stay there throughout autumn.
“The fish get so shallow on the
chuggers and Zara Spooks are good lures for fall fishing, but Gier
prefers 1/ 2-ounce buzz baits and 3/8- or 1/ 2-ounce spinnerbaits
with white-and-chartreuse skirts. If the water is off-colored he
opts for spinnerbaits with painted blades, but switches to gold
blades in clear-water conditions.
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